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If you’re looking to spoil yourself on your summer getaway this year, look no further than Newcastle. The city and its surrounding region offer a range of activities and experiences that you won’t get anywhere else.

Whether treating yourself looks like cooking up an indulgent meal or relaxing into a sauna, we’ve listed some of the best ways to clock in some well-deserved R&R after what has been a whirlwind of year.

1. Explore the city with Newcastle Tour Company

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Newcastle Tour Company has been showcasing the city to visitors for years and their award-winning tours offer a proper Geordie welcome. Their passionate guides are bursting with knowledge and help to create lasting memories during your visit.

The range of tour options mean there is something to suit all tastes and interests. Choose the Quay to Sea Cycling Tour and travel from the city's cultural-hub of Ouseburn to the North Tyneside coast, or if true crime is your thing, their Newcastle True Crime Tour will have you on edge as you are taken to scenes of intrigue and are told unbelievable stories of murder and suspense.

2. Your shopping spree awaits at Fenwick Newcastle

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If you can’t wait to shop ‘til you drop, the iconic Fenwick is your one stop for luxury brands in Newcastle. The department store on Northumberland Street has remained on the same site JJ Fenwick bought back in 1882, almost 140 years ago. He opened the store with a commitment to luxury and unrivalled customer service and these same standards are held today.

Find your favourite brands including DKNY, Gucci and Hugo Boss and spend hours browsing the departments and trying on the latest trends. 

3. Tickle your taste buds at Dobson and Parnell

Escape the Everyday Dobson and Parnell interior

An indulgent treat for foodies, Dobson and Parnell’s tasting menu offers five or seven courses of British and European cuisine and includes a vegetarian option.

Dobson and Parnell’s focus on sustainability and preserving traditional cooking techniques, makes the restaurant a favourite amongst visitors. Their luxurious furnishings incorporate modern elegance with traditional Victorian design complimenting the city’s architectural heritage.

Spend a while indulging in the experience and find your new favourite dish while you’re at it.

4. Unwind at Mineral House Spa

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A stone’s throw away from Central Station, step off the train and into a tranquil oasis at the Mineral House Spa in Newcastle’s Crowne Plaza. Choose from a range of treatments and relax in the pool and steam room. Their experienced team of specialists will indulge you during your stay and have you leaving feeling recharged and ready to take on the toon.

5. Blackfriars Cookery School

Cookery School at Blackfriars

It’s time to don an apron and stir up some medieval magic in the kitchen at Blackfriars Cookery School. Blackfriars is a restaurant staple in the heart of Newcastle, specialising in British cuisine and housed uniquely in a friary which dates back to the 1200s.

Visit the UK’s oldest dining room and try your hand at whipping up a delicious creation under the guidance of spectacular chefs. The cookery school’s packed schedule embraces a range of styles and influences, so if you want to try anything from Vietnamese cookery or beginners breadmaking, you won’t be disappointed.

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